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been doing an amazing job. with that huge responsibility, he still finds the time to go to town hall meetings and the community meetings, meet with everybody, and talk about what he's doing and also help with them, work with them to understand the whole process. he has been involved in design and improvement of major projects such as i-80, u.s. 101 auxiliary lanes, the central freeway, the san francisco international airport expansion project ramps and roadway improvement. i'm sure all of us, when we go to airports, you basically send a thank you for making it very easy for everybody to get in and out. and as you recall, many years ago before the improvement, there was a tremendous
bottleneck, and what he has done, he has made it really easy for disability concerns. in addition to the tremendous responsibility he has as a district four director, he's also serving as a commissioner on the metropolitan transportation commission. she also served as ex-official member of the joint power authority. it's truly an honor to have him here as our guest speaker, and please join me to welcome him to the podium. [applause] >> good afternoon. thank you for that introduction. it is really an honor for me to be here with you today.
i want to thank the supervisor for having this town hall meeting put together and thank all of the city agencies who are participating in this. i want to thank zola jones, who found me and let me know that this event was going on. and sent me an e-mail. it's been two years since we last met and it's good to see you again. these days -- we've got a short power point presentation that i'm going to be using. just talk about some of the things we'll be doing, what our agency is about, the type of work that we do. and as you all know, cal trans covers the entire state of california. and in order to better manage that, we have broken down the department into 12 districts
just like the city has different districts. that helps us in being closer to the community. helps us in increasing the utilization of the small businesses, disadvantage businesses and disabled enterprise businesses. the department manages 50,000 lane miles of highway, 22,000 employees statewide. my operation here in district 4, it covers the nine bay area counties. as you can see in the map. which is about 7,000 lane miles of highway. we have the toll bridges that we operate. we have just under 4,000 employees. our budgets, our capital program ongoing at the present time with 155 contracts, it's about 4.6 billion. so there's a lot of work that is going on, and a lot of that is due to the toll bridge program.
half of that is the repair of the various toll bridges that we have, and of course the biggest project, one of the largest public works projects in the nation is the span of the bay bridge that we're working on. in the district, we work with all of the 101 cities, with all of the nine counties that covers the bay area, with seven self-help counties, including the san francisco county transportation authority. we work with the 26-plus transit agencies that are in the region and with the condition management agencies. it is a dynamic region. there's a lot of needs in the area. and one of the ways that we do try to incorporate and enhance the utilization of a small business is on a small business council, which is a council
comprised of the association of the california engineering companies, african-american chamber of commerce, the hispanic chamber of commerce, the mexican contractors, and the list goes on and on. we meet on a regular basis and they advise me on ways of increasing utilization of the small businesses, disadvantaged businesses, and disadvantaged -- disabled veterans enterprise businesses. as you can see, if you can look at our statewide small business council, which covers the entire estate, a number of our council members are actually included in this statewide, including fred jordan, which i'm sure most of you know. he is a good friend. he's certainly the most recognized figure in the state advocating for increased participation of underrepresented and disadvantaged businesses, and we are grateful and lucky to have
him committed to our council. with the state of the state and the state of our nation and the fiscal condition, we're all asked to do more with less. we're all asked to do -- with less employees, with less resources. one of the employees that you should know, which is -- i put the contact information there, is my liaison for our small business program, george crosby. his phone number and e-mail address is there. he is working with his team to make sure that we do our outreaches correctly, that we're connecting the small contractors with the larger firms, both in the construction side and also in the architectural engineering side. so george is a key person that you certainly want to have his
number and his contact information. and he works very closely with all of the divisions that we have in the district, be it our construction, our maintenance, and our architectural engineering division, to make sure that in any contracting that we do, and we do a lot of contracts, not just construction contracts, but we do a lot of purchases. we have outreaches and we have workshop for purchases. he makes sure that we are making connection with the community and we're making connection with the small businesses and making sure that the small business knows and is aware of all the opportunities that are out there, and then it is upon the small business to make sure that they do make the contact, that they do show up in the purchasing events that we have and participate -- either bid on contracts or participate in the various procurements that we do
for all the activities that goes on in the district. in order to increase utilization of the a&e contract for small businesses, we have put together what we call a mentor. we have over 100 participants in that program. and what they do is they take the small businesses under their arm, show them how the business operation works, not just the technical aspects of things, but how to do presentations, how to prepare it. documents that are presented for bidding purposes. and basically teaching them how to get the public works contract and specifically for cal trans, but in general, any public works contract. as you can see, our utilization of both small business and
d.b.e. exceeds our goals. 38% is a very respectable number given that our goal for federal disadvantage business is 13.5%, and ours a pir ration and goal for business is 25%, and you can see that we're reaching to 34% in that goal also. if you have another mentor protege program which is focused in construction. these are prime contractors that work with the small firms, small contractors. again, they will sign an agreement. at times, the same small businesses outbid the prime that mentored them. we've had a number of examples of those. it's a very robust program that we have with the association of general contractors. we've signed an agreement with them and we do have the numbers
there. eight construction companies and mentors that are participating in that program. it's a very good program and i'm thankful to a.g.c. for working with us and participating in that aspect of our work. >> as i mentioned, and as was mentioned earlier, we cover not just the san francisco county, but the entire nine counties of bay area, and we cover a lot of projects in our region. 155 contracts,. but any contracting that we do, this chart shows the type of work that we do to make sure that we're providing access to those contracts. we have a number of partners. a lot of money comes from the feds to us that supports our entire capital program. and we make sure that we do training. we make sure that we do outreach. we make sure that we are
monitoring our contracts and we are gathering information about availability redo have databases that we have set up. one of our great partners here is paul penkergass, who is a local business in san francisco. they work on one of the major projects in the city and county of san francisco, the park drive, access to the golden gate bridge. phase one, which is under way right now toward completion, is one that has taken the attention of a number of leaders, national leaders.
congresswoman, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house, brought tremendous support to the project and participated in a number of ground-breakings that we had. dick menendes, the director of the federal highway administration, supported the project and provided us with a number of dollars that actually made the entire funding package work. that project is under way. other locals who help us, the executive director of the san francisco transportation authority, supervisor mirkarimi participated in a number of our events and has always been supportive in the city leadership. the mayor has provided us with his support of the activitying that we do -- of the acts that
we do, and senator leno has his eye and support for small businesses and recognized one of our programs and one of our small businesses who works on the doyle drive construction contract. during one of our ground-breakings, we were lucky to have julie berry, who is also present here, who does concrete work. cam-con is the small businesses she operates. she came to us with three employees after she did get a contract. i believe she has raised up to 10, and she has brought at least one, maybe more, concrete pump trucks. six now. well, that is even better. so we have good examples of
those who really want the contract, work at it. we provide the opportunity, and the rest of it is with those who have the skills to come forward. as i mentioned, paul, julie, and michael sitting next to julie, is also part of the business that is run. julie was -- and her company, was actually featured on the white house website and the federal highways d.o.t. site for a number of weeks because of work she did. she played a trip to virginia, and the federal highway was looking at the program that our small business and disadvantaged business had put together as an example of how the out reaches should be done and how we can make these works available to everyone who is willing to participate.
this chart, which is put together, paul has been working with us very closely. there are a number of elements that have to be in place for us to make sure that we understand what opportunities are available. we monitor what is out there in construction and what we are actually performing. to do all of that, to make sure that we do make the connection between the larger prime contractors and the smaller firms either on tasks, trucking and providing supplies, or on actual construction of a major construction contract. paul has been instrumental in making sure that all of that data does come to us, because we do report all of that, not just locally here, but state-wide, and also since our contract has federal money and stimulus money, all of our
reports do go to the federal highway administration. go one more. we know that many times the best way for the d.b. and the small businesses to learn to be more competitive is to hear the input directly from their own colleagues. this is a shot of the website of doyle drive. if you get a chance to go on that website, you will hear the person whose picture is up there talking about how he got a contract with caltrans on that job. that successful landing of the contract is another example of the work that goes on, of the work that paul and the rest of the groove does, george crosby on our team, does to ensure that we are making the connection between small businesses and the larger firms. i talked about julie. we put up that slide.
that is actually the federal d.o.t. site that cal-con is featured on. julie is the c.e.o. of that company. we wanted to show the work. we wanted to mention the training that we did. this training was the work of a couple of our cowboys -- council members from our small business council. they did this on a voluntary basis. we had a local member and a member from the l.a. area came together and put that training began. as was mentioned, we had 21 people that went through that training.
it is interesting because less than a year later there was one contractor, a lady that came to me, and i didn't recognize her. yolanda jones came to me and said -- you are sitting back there, yes. i didn't recognize her, but she reminded me that she was one of the graduates of that program, and she just came to me to say that she got a job on the doyle drive construction. and in about 14 months she did get a double-digit number of contracts with public works doing traffic control. [inaudible] >> nine contracts. single digits, but a respectable number. nine contracts in 12 months. [inaudible]
[inaudible] >> you know, sometimes we look at numbers, which is what we are going to be doing after this, but really, to me, those numbers don't matter as much as the individuals that sometimes come to you, and they put a face behind those numbers that are out there. we thought it would be good to show that. our phase one construction is being done under four contracts. contract one it shows we are reaching 63% of achievement in our small businesses.
38% small businesses in contract two, which is a major $20 million utility relocation contract that was going across the presidio. our third contract is a larger bridge contract. we are meeting 35% of our goal. not as much as we want, but still we are doing good on that major job. and then the last one, we are at about 93 respect of our goal on contract four, which is a ton of contracts. those four contracts basically finish off the first half of the project. the second phase of the project, which is another $473 million, is being done under a new authority that we received, which is public-private partnership. in that public-private
partnership we have hntb doing the work, and then another company with the construction, the design build, we have meridian, and the entire group is golden gate link, which is a consortium of all the outfits. flat iron are the ones you want to be watching and connecting to. those are the ones that will be doing the construction. so any support that you can provide to them, they are the ones that you really want to be watching for. we are going to be closing financials for that in about the march timeline of 2012 and getting to construction shortly after that.
those two will complete the entire drive. we wanted to focus on this because we do not build a lot of highways in the city and county of san francisco. we have been turning them down. but the major one we are doing, we wanted to make sure we get the participation of small businesses. again in conclusion i want to thank the commission, the human rights commission, for putting this together, the supervisor for invites us. for finding me again and our team. thank you again. this concludes my report and presentation. i will be available later on for any questions you may have. [applause]
>> hirsch, and good afternoon. good to see you. thank you for joining us here in the southeast part of the city. i am happy to see many of the people i consider to be partners in this. i want to officially welcome you to bayview, the southeast sector. the next porks of our -- portion of our discussion is going to be focused on the panelists. i want to publicly acknowledge the hard work the h.r.c. has done to help me organize this town hall meeting, which -- as a point of reference, the way this town hall meeting has come about is through a series of very small conversations i have had with many people last year when i was campaigning as well as this year in office. i am happy to see the people i have talked to, those that call me at 7:00 a.m. in the morning.
zula, thank you for your assistance in pulling this together. we would not be here if not for her help. and the h.r.c. staff. i want to acknowledge the many commissioners we have here in the room from the southeast facility commission as well as the commissioners from the treasure island commission and just overall community activists. this is the physical manifestation of community partnership as well as private and public dollars coming together. it is no secret that when we talk about the southeast part of san francisco, we talk about the mantra of needing jobs. i am delighted to see so many small businesses here to learn about the opportunities we have going forward. we have a distinguished list of panel itses that -- panelisted that i would like to introduce to you. we have sarah from the trance
bay joint power authority. thank you for being here. hold your applause because everyone deserves applause, and we have a lot of work to do and we can divorce ourselves from the pleasantries for just a moment. eddie phillips is here. he is up here. right here in the front. virginia harmon, where are you? she is with sfmta. then we have maria cordero. and sheila evans. are they here? they are representing the sfmta. next up, harbaugh alan kelly, jr., batting for the p.u.c. commission. following him, we have edgar lopez, future building manager
in construction design. thank you. tiffany, i don't see her. she may be joining us later. she is the newly a.ed director of the san francisco redevelopment agency. for those who don't know her, she has a very intimate understanding of the portfolio that the redevelopment agency has been managing. >> jeff newmeyer. did i say that correctly? >> good. >> he is with the san francisco international airport. next up we have barbara smith -- no, we actually have domenica henderson from the san francisco housing authority, one of our community leaders. we have rhonda simmons, who heads up the office of work force development. rhonda, give a wave to the people. thank you. do we have a representative from america's cup?
the port authority, the port? [inaudible] maybe they will be joining us a little bit later. so, i think, if i am not mistaken, we are going into a question and answer session that is going to be moderated by mohammed nuru, who had to leave earlier. so who is going to do it? [inaudible] no problem. let's get started. i hope you brought your thinking caps because we have thought leaders up here who can answer questions. let's go ahead and begin. thank you. >> hi. i am sarah. i am the chief financial
officer with the trance bay joint powers authority. i do want to apologize on behalf of maria caplan, she is our executive director, and she did want to be here, but had some other appointments come up. so i will try to replace her only momentarily. the trance bay transit center program, if you haven't been in the san francisco market area lately is under construction. we are replacing the old transbay terminal with a new bus and rail station, and we will be extending caltrain and high speed rail into the new station. we have completed demolition. those free ways that were referred to that are being torn down in san francisco, we have torn some of those down the old
bus ramps, and the transbay terminal itself is gone. in its place we have a four-block long active construction site. right now the shoring and excavation package is under way . julie, who has been highlighted by others, she is on our project, too. we are glad to have her. the next major contract that we are going to be issuing that you will want to keep your eye out for is the below grade superstructure. the way our project is being managed, we have a construction manager. so all of the construction packages for the transit center and bus ramp are being put out by web core. the next couple of weeks they will be putting out a request for qualifications. what they are doing is